Free Crochet Pattern: Crochet Hook Case

By Rachel Choi – 78 Comments

hook holder

This crochet hook case is made with a series of shell stitches. It uses the same shell stitch pattern as the shell stitch blanket pattern. To make this case, we start by creating a simple rectangle shape that is as wide and tall as you want your case to be. Then we create another layer for the pockets inside. The pocket layer is then sewn to the hook case to form as many smaller pockets as you desire. Last but not least, a tie strap is attached so that you can roll your hook case up and secure it!

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy
hook holder

Finished Size: 15” (38 cm) wide, 7 1/2 “(19 cm) tall
Note: You can make this hook case as wide or as tall as you desire, just follow the directions in the pattern to do so.

Medium Weight Yarn (Red and Yellow, approximately 200 yards each)
Crochet Hook F (3.75 mm)
Yarn Needle
Note: This hook case is crocheted with medium weight yarn and a small crochet hook to make a stiff and solid case. You may choose to use smaller weight yarn or a different sized hook if desired.

Gauge: not really important, just crochet tight enough so that your hooks won’t fall out the case!

Crochet Pattern: Hook Case
With yellow, start by chaining 90 or a chain as wide as you want your hook case.
(Note: the number of chains should be a multiple of 6, since each shell uses 6 chains.)
Row 1: ch 2, turn, sc in second ch from hook, (skip 2, 5 dc in next ch, skip 2, sc in next ch) across, changing to red in last sc made: 15 shells
Row 2: ch 2, turn, 2 dc in next sc, skip 2, sc in next dc (skip 2, 5 dc in next sc, skip 2, sc in next dc) across, skip 2, 3 dc in last sc, changing to yellow in last dc made: 14 shells, 2 half shells
Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc in next dc, (skip 2, 5 dc in next sc, skip 2, sc in next dc) across, changing to red in last sc made: 15 shells

Repeat row 2 – 3, 8 times or until hook case is as tall as you desire, then finish off.

Inside Pocket
Start by chaining 90 or a chain as wide as you want your inside pocket.
Repeat row 1 – 3 from above.
Repeat row 2 – 3, 3 times or until inside pocket is as tall as you desire, then finish off.

Using photo as a guide, align inside pocket with hook case. With a yarn needle, sew 2 pieces together. You may also sew vertically between columns of shells to form small narrow pockets to fit crochet hooks. The hook case in the picture has 11 narrow pockets for crochet hooks (each being the width of one shell), and one large pocket for miscellaneous objects (the width of 4 shells). It is up to you to determine the best configuration of the pockets in your case. Some people may have more hooks to store than others therefore, need more hook pockets. Others may have more miscellaneous objects and need larger pockets. Furthermore, make sure you sew the bottom tightly since you do not want your hooks to fall out.

Row 1: chain 100 or chain the desired length of 2 straps.

Fold strap in half and sew it to the center of either the right or left hand side of the hook case. The case in the picture has its strap on the left side.

I would love to help you if you need help with this crochet hook case. Just leave a comment!

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  1. Vims says:

    this is beautiful! Thanks!

  2. em says:

    hey, that’s pretty cute! Man you sure come up with a lot of pattens in a short amount of time!

  3. Sarah says:

    YAY 🙂 thank you so much! I shall be onto this the second I finish my current project. You are a star!

  4. RecycleCindy says:

    Love your crochet hook case! Thanks for sharing yet another wonderful pattern of yours.

  5. Erika says:

    Hooray, Gryffindor! Very nice pattern, thank you, Rachel!

  6. Amana says:

    Thank vou, Rachel, for sharing all your nice and useful patterns with us.
    By the way – my daughter likes the fingerless gloves very much.

    Will visit your blog again soon!

  7. George in WI says:

    I am for sure going to make a couple of these. A friend of mine sent me a set of hooks that have polymer clay over the handles I this is perfect because I can make the pockets the size I need for them to fit. Thanks Rachel!

  8. moonglow says:

    So pretty! Thank you!!

  9. Debbi says:

    Wonderful! thanks for sharing a pattern.

  10. Heather says:

    Gorgeous pattern! Love it! Thank you Rachel!

  11. Rachel says:

    My Pleasure George, moonglow, Debbi and Heather!!! 🙂

  12. Ivonne says:

    Rachel, I love your website and free crochet patterns. Thanks for the great patterns, I recently subscribed and I am glad I did. Keep up the good work!

  13. Aveen says:

    Thanks for the lovely pattern – my hooks are scattered all over the house so I’ll definitely have to make one of these!

  14. Rachel says:

    You’re welcome Aveen! Let me know how it comes along 🙂

  15. Dominique says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I’ve been trying to find something to make for my materials!! Love it =)

  16. Crocus says:

    Thanks for the pattern! I was at a craft fair yesterday looking for a case, and then it hit me. Why don’t I make my own! I’m still not used to be able to make my own things. 🙂

  17. Laura says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Very nice!! Thank you for sharing this. I was looking at knit/crochet needle holder/case and couldn’t believe how much they were going for even on eBay. Then I thought..why not make my own! Googled for instructions and viola, here I am! LOL

  18. Carleen says:

    Thank you for sharing this pattern. I’ve been looking for something that I could use because I’m always misplacing my crochet hooks.

  19. Michelle says:

    I really love this. Im going to try this.

  20. Ester says:

    I’m crocheting this at the moment! I love the idea. I already loved the sewed ones I saw on Flickr even before I started crocheting! And now I’m crocheting my own (crocheted it’s so much cooler than sewed 😉 much more in style).
    I’m at my 10th row of shells, but I think I’ll need more than 16 rows for my hooks to fit. I’m using a 3,5mm hook. Can’t find any 3,25mm hooks over here! (Netherlands)

  21. Kate says:

    Rachel, thank you so much for the adorable pattern! I’m so excited to start making it! However, I’m having an issue . . . I’ve tried using 2 different brands of WW yarn, and both are splitting when I’m using the D hook. Is there a type (perhaps cotton) of yarn that you’d recommend to eliminate this problem?
    Thanks again! 🙂

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Kate, I think most yarns will work the same if you are having trouble with the splitting. I would suggest crocheting slower. It may take a bit to get used to using a smaller hook.

  22. shirin says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I was wondering if this case could be made with a hook of 3.75 mm,sicne that is the smallest hook I have with me.Will the case be tight enough or should I go and buy the 3.25 mm hook.


  23. shirin says:

    Hi Rachel

    I have just started the hook case.I am done with chain 90.But am not able to understand what this means:
    Row 1: ch 2, turn, sc in second ch from hook

    What exactly does ch 2 ,turn mean? Is it that I should leave 2 chains and start with the rest of the instructions?

    I am very new to reading patterns,so really confused.


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Shirin, for row 1, start by chaining 2 more chains. Then you are going to start to work in the other direction, by single crocheting into the second chain from your hook.

  24. shirin says:

    Thanks Rachel for the immediate response!.I just started the project and will ask for help if I don’t understand any more of the terms.

    Thanks again.

  25. Margaret says:

    Thank you. What a beautiful pattern!

    I had an idea: If crocheting so tight a gauge is difficult (split threads, etc., etc.), I suppose one could take a small piece of fabric as wide as the case, and long enough to line the part that is folded over, and apply it as a lining to the parts to be folded over. that way, even very fine hooks wouldn’t poke through & get lost if one has difficulty crocheting it tight enough.

    This thought came to me because sometimes my hands get so sore (the joints predict lousy weather more accurately than the weatherman does. 😉 ) that I need to think of ways to adapt things to the circumstances that are interfering with following the directions as given.

    I am glad i discovered your website – I used to crochet many years ago, and it is great to return to it, having forgotten a lot that used to seem easy, and now sometimes find more difficult, so the clarity of your directions really helps me. Keep it coming! 🙂 :-), & thank you!

    When stuff is stressing me out, I find crocheting really helps me get calm & centered (& more rational!) again. Thanks again!!!


  26. Margaret says:

    p.s. If my husband read this, he would probably agree that crocheting makes me easier to live with!!
    Oh well…

  27. Binkychip says:

    It’s very useful. I love it ! 🙂

  28. Rosita Brown says:

    I am so happy you have created this! I crochet on the go alot and I’ve tried many times to make a holder for my hooks tha was able to be compact…this is it! Again thanx!

  29. Nikki says:

    I love this! Definitely need to make one! I keep losing my hooks! LOL! I thank the Good Lord for your incredible talent, Rachel!

  30. jessica says:

    love the pattern. i was locking for a hhok case for my vacation and i think i found it ill try it and i just know im going to LUV IT

  31. parisia says:

    i’m having a little trouble with this pattern. i got to the end of row 2 and didnt have 14 shells. which part of the pattern am i supposed to repeat all the way across? is it all of it after the chain 2 then turn, or is it just what’s in the parenthesis?

  32. parisia says:

    ok, thank you. and thanks for responding so quickly!

  33. Jamie says:

    beginning my 2nd row. Should my shells lay flat? They poke out in the back, does this mean I am crocheting too tight?

  34. Bailey says:

    Dear Rachel,

    this pattern is great and I have enjoyed making it. Except I am at the point of connecting the two pieces and need your help. Do I match them with rights sides together and then turn, or Do I
    match it together and stitch from the outside. Please help


  35. hope says:

    I loved the pattern very easy and very practical ! i have also done ur shell pattern afghan as well I call it groovy shells lol 🙂 i done it for my 12 yr. old niece ty so much for sharing your patterns!

  36. Lee says:

    Rachel, would it be alright to use size 10 crochet thread and a 1.5 mm hook to make this? I have a sizeable stash that would be useful for the number of stitches and rows I’d have to crochet in order to make up for the smaller size. If the substitution was likely to work, are there any other factors I should keep in mind while working with the material besides more chains?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Lee, sure you can use your size 10 thread. Just keep in mind to make more chains and more rows so that the case will be the size you want.

  37. Hinda Ader says:

    This is a gorgeous hook case design. You’re a very talented young lady!

  38. Marissa says:

    Hey Rachel,
    I love this pattern!!

    Question how did you sew vertically to make the pockets?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Marissa, I just weave a piece of yarn in and out of both layers. I try to make sure that I’m using the primarily color that is going vertically along the spot I want to sew together. If you don’t want one color over showing over the other color, try only sewing into the stitches where primary color is. Let me know if you need more help.

  39. Charlie says:

    Hi Rachel,
    Thanks for the pattern!
    I’m having some trouble with carrying the yarn when I change colors.
    Because there are two skips in between the stitches in this pattern, the other color yarn sticks out at the skips. Is there another better way to carry the yarn?


    • Rachel says:

      Hi Charlie, you don’t have to carry the yarn, you can cut the yarn each time if it’s easier for you. I don’t know of more than one way to carry the yarn, but if you’re yarn is showing through when carrying it try to give the yarn you’re carrying a little tug so that it’s not bunched up and sticking out.

  40. Mikw says:

    I wanted to make mine 120 wide instead of 90 because I have very many hooks. But the instructions confuse me. You say each shell is 6 stitches, but I count more: 2skip, 1sc, 5dc = 8? I’m not sure I am understanding this correctly. Forgive me, this is the first thing I’ve done that wasn’t in a round so maybe I just don’t know how to read this pattern.

    • Rachel says:

      Mikw, the repeat is “skip 2, 5 dc in next ch, skip 2, sc in next ch”, so…

      skip 2 = 2 chains used
      5 dc in next ch = 1 chain used (all 5 dc go into one chain)
      skip 2 = 2 chains used
      sc in next ch = 1 chain used

      so the total chains for each repeat is 2 + 1 + 2 + 1 = 6 chains. Let me know if you need more help!

  41. Mike says:


    Thanks so much for clarifying. I completely misread it, haha. I’m so used to seeing it labeled as increase when multiple stitches go into one that I guess I missed the “in next ch” part!

    That’s great, now I can start! 😀

  42. Varsha suraiya says:

    great idea must try it!

  43. Yvonne says:

    I am a beginner at this so bare with me but i was wonder at the beginning you say to chain 90 then in row one it says chain 2 does that mean you at 2 to the 90 or how does that work….

    • Rachel says:

      Yvonne, yes you are correct! You will add 2 more chains to the 90 chains. They are written separately, just in case someone wants to adjust the width of the case before starting the first row.

  44. Yvonne says:

    Thank you Rachel:)

  45. Roslyn says:

    Hi! I have just pinned this to Pintrest! I cannot wait to get my hook into this! Thanks loads for the freebie xx

  46. whitney says:

    Love it. Starting after I put the kids down.self stripping zebra yarn shall work perfectly for me 🙂 thanks for the creative idea and pattern

  47. Carly says:

    Hey Rachel, awesome pattern!

    I’m new to crochet, so I was just wondering, when you’re sewing in the pocket, are you just using sewing thread? Or embroidery thread, or just the yarn you’re using in the pattern?

  48. Debi says:

    Thank you for this pattern! I made one for my friend in Red Heart Soft Navy, now I’m making one for myself in Sugar’n Cream variegated cotton. It’s the best case I’ve seen online.
    Thank you for sharing your talent!

  49. BeagleMom says:

    haven’t tried this yet, but it looks very easy, and it’s ADORABLE!!!!!

  50. Belle says:

    I’m a beginner and have started my 4th row, my pattern is starting to ruffle and not lay flat as the picture you have on this site. Suggestions?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Belle! Try to double check that you have the same number of stitches/shells on each row. Ruffling may be because there are too many stitches by accident. If all looks good, try and keep going to see if it works itself out.

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